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Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons
Precedence of awards is top to bottom, from left to right
Top Row - Combat Action Ribbon (retroactive) - American Campaign Medal
Bottom Row - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (2) - World War II Victory Medal
LCI(L)-351 Class Landing Craft Infantry (Large):
Laid down, 21 May 1944, at New Jersey Shipbuilding Corp., Barber, N.J.
Launched, 4 August 1944
Commissioned USS LCI(L)-444, 15 August 1943
During World War II USS LCI(L)-444 was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater:
LCI Flotilla Five; and
LCI Flotilla Twenty Two (1944-45), CDR. Paul McD. Smith USN (1944) and CDR. Marion M. Byrd (1944-45) and participated in the following campaigns:
|Campaign and Dates
||Campaign and Dates
|Bismarck Archipelago operation
Green Islands landing, 15 to 19 February 1944
|Western New Guinea operations
Noemfoor operation, 2 to 3 July 1944
Morotai Island landings, 15 September 1944
Following World War II USS LCI(L)-444 was assigned to Commander Philippine Sea Frontier
Decommissioned, date unknown
Struck from the Naval Register, 17 April 1946
Final Disposition, sold, 3 December 1946
USS LCI(L)-444 earned two battle stars for service in WWII
Displacement 236 t.(light), 264 t.(landing), 419 t.(loaded)
Length 158' 5½"
Beam 23' 3"
Light, 3'1½" mean
Landing, 2' 8" forward, 4' 10" aft
Loaded, 5' 4" forward, 5' 11" aft
16 kts (max.)
14 kts maximum continuous
Cargo Capacity 75 tons
Armor 2" plastic splinter protection on gun turrets, conning tower and pilot house
Endurance 4,000 miles at 12 kts, loaded, 500 miles at 15 knots; and 110 tons of fuel
five single 20mm guns, one bow mounted, one each port and starboard forward of wheelhouse, one each port and starboard aft of wheelhouse
on some LCIs two .50 cal machine guns were added
Diesel 860 Bbls
lube oil 200 gal
two sets of 4 General Motors 6051 series 71 Diesel engines, 4 per shaft
single General Motors Main reduction gears
two Diesel-drive 30Kw 120V D.C. Ship's Service Generators
twin variable pitch propellers, 2,320shp
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||USS LCI(L)-444 crew photo taken in Lae, New Guinea, 1944. Photo courtesy of Verlin Creed.
Photo from the USS LCI National Association's newsletter "The
Elsie Item," June 2006 issue.
||New Zealand troops file down USS LCI(L)-444's ramps, 16 February 1944, as part of the occupation of Green Island, in the
Solomon Islands group.
Australian War Memorial, Photo No. 304260
||USS LCI(L)-444 beached at Trinity Beach, Queensland, Australia, 9 November 1944, while Australian troops of 2/1 Pioneer Battalion practice embarkation on landing craft prior to carrying out exercise "Octopus." In the background is an unidentified LCI(L) also taking part in the exercise.
||Australian War Memorial
The history for LCI(L)-444 is from USS LCI "Landing Craft Infantry", Vol. II. Paducah, Kentucky: Turner Publishing Company, © 1995. (ISBN 1-56311-262-0)
Crew Contact And Reunion Information
U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log
Additional Resources and Web Sites of Interest
The History of LCI Flotilla 22
USS Landing Craft Infantry National Association
Last Updated 1 October 2015
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